Hey Curlfriends! ❤
This is so old school y’all, LOL. S-Curl moisturizer has been around for yeeears. I like how moisturized my hair feels after using this product. It blends well with my beloved Eco Styler gel, and I’m surprised by how well it works! But, there are consequences when dealing with hair care products that are not organic or natural. A few ingredients in this product are urged to be avoided :/. Although, I really like S-Curl for a moisturizer, I recommend buying Organic and all natural hair products if possible. I was so disappointed in what I found in this product because I love it so.
Remember…the first three ingredients in a product are usually what the majority of a product consists of. So basically if a product says “infused with Argan Oil”, and on the back it’s the 7th ingredient listed, yea…it’s baaarely any Argan oil in it. When looking for a moisturizing product the first ingredient should always be water. NEVER petroleum or mineral oil. Always water. The fact that the second ingredient in this product is glycerin tells me off the bat that a) it’s moisturizing and b) I probably can’t use this product year around, but that’s ok for me. I like to switch up my products, some products I only use in the summer and some only in the winter.
Gylcerin: is a humectant (attracts moisture) and is a water-soluble (able to dissolve in water) conditioning alcohol. Because it is a humectant it’s great for moisturizing the hair when mixed with water. Some naturals cannot use glycerin or choose not too in the winter months because glycerin attracts moisture and some may be fearful that it will dry out their hair. There are ways to winterize your humectants and still use them year round. Click here to find out how.
Deionized Water (Aqua) , glycerin , Cetearyl alcohol , propylene glycol , Argan Oil (Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil) , Olive Oil (Olea Europaea Fruit Oil) , Acetamide MEA , Ceteth-20 , Olealkonium Chloride , Stearalkonium Chloride , Panthenol (Provitamin B5) , Simethicone , DMDM HYDANTOIN , Disodium EDTA , fragrance , Benzyl Benzoate , linalool , Benzyl Salicylate , limonene , Coumarin , Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone
Ok….not being able to pronounce certain ingredients is obvious that this product is not an all natural product. It’s great at moisturizing but at least THREE of these ingredients are on the STAY AWAY and DO NOT USE list. Broke my little curly headed heart.
Take a look…
1. PROPYLENE GLYCOL (PG): As a “surfactant” or wetting agent and solvent, this ingredient is actually the active component in antifreeze. There is no difference between the PG used in industry and the PG used in personal care products. It is used in industry to break down protein and cellular structure (what the skin is made of) yet is found in most forms of make-up, hair products, lotions, after-shave, deodorants, mouthwashes and toothpaste. It is also used in food processing. Because of its ability to quickly penetrate the skin, the EPA requires workers to wear protective gloves, clothing and goggles when working with this toxic substance. The Material Safety Data Sheets warn against skin contact, as PG has systemic consequences such as brain, liver and kidney abnormalities. Consumers are not protected nor is there a warning label on products such as stick deodorants, where the concentration is greater than that in most industrial applications. (Source)
2. DEA (diethanolamine) MEA (momoethnanolamine) TEA (triethanolamine): DEA and MEA are usual listed on the ingredients label in conjunction with the compound being neutralized. Thus look for names like Cocamide DEA or MES, Lauramide DEA, etc. These are hormone disrupting chemicals and are known to form cancer causing nitrates and nitrosamines. . These are commonly found in most personal care products that foam, including bubble baths, body washes, shampoos, soaps and facial cleansers. On the show, CBS This Morning, Roberta Baskin revealed that a recent government report shows DEA and MEA are readily absorbed in the skin. Dr. Samuel Epstein, Professor of Environmental Health at the University of Illinois said “repeated skin applications of DEA-based detergents resulted in a major increase in the incidence of two cancers – liver and kidney cancers.” John Bailey, who oversees the cosmetic division for the FDA said the new study is especial important since “the risk equation changes significantly for children.” (Source)
3. FRAGRANCE: Fragrance is present in most deodorants shampoos, sunscreens, skin care, body care and baby products. Many of the compounds in fragrance are carcinogenic or otherwise toxic. “Fragrance on a label can indicate the presence of up to 4,000 separate ingredients. Most or all of them are synthetic. Symptoms reported to the FDA have included headaches, dizziness, rashes, skin discoloration, violent coughing and vomiting, and allergic skin irritation. Clinical observation by medical doctors have shown that exposure to fragrances can affect the central nervous system, causing depression, hyperactivity, irritability, inability to cope, and other behavioral changes,” (Home Safe Home).
For better health try purchasing unscented products and for fragrance, adding a natural essential oil. (Source)
If you don’t care about ingredients…
This product is AWESOME for hydrating. It’s old school, but it definitely does leave my hair feeling soft and silky as soon as it is applied. It works great for all curly hair types because glycerin is a humectant it keeps my hair moisturized for days. It works really well on tighter curls such as 4b and 4c hair types. The smell is great, and the consistency is light weight and it doesn’t have parabens or mineral oil in it. I use this from time to time on the ends of my hair for further moisture and protection when doing a protective style. So! If ingredients don’t bother you as much and haven’t tried it, head on over to your local beauty supply!
If you do care about ingredients…
I wouldn’t recommend this product…(JUST according to the ingredients listed above). After all, going organic and all natural is best for our hair, skin and over all health. Sometimes natural products “can” lack in giving you a desired look, like hold and/or definition for your curls. If it is important to you to have all natural and organic ingredients, there are many all natural hair care lines that have an amazing reputation on putting out quality ingredients. Some include Camille Rose Naturals (Target, Wholefoods), Shea Moisture (Target, CVS, Walgreens, Walmart) and Aubrey Organics (Sprouts, The Vitamin Shoppe, online) just to name a few. Of course the smart thing would be to consider your health before anything, therefore choosing products that are natural. But! It’s ultimately your choice, your hair and your money! ❤
Do you use S-Curl Moisturizer? If so, will you still use it after this post? What about glycerin products? Let me know!
Until next time Curlies! XO!